El-B Production Masterclass
Some food for thought in this post.
We’re always talking about Massive, so today I thought it might be nice to talk about something bit more abstract.
With everything we learn on these powerful synths – what are we actually doing with that knowledge?
I read an interesting post over on Dubstepforum.com this week by user HUTS.
I think he says something very important:
I re-watched the El-B masterclass last night and he talks about how you should be able to make something bump with just some drums and sub, everything else is added flavor. That some producers in massive studios with all the gear you could dream of didn’t have a soulful bone in their body, and their music reflected that. I feel like that’s where these genres are headed, everything is turning into an overproduced mass of garbage. No amount of complexity in how you process your bass, drums, squeeks and wobbles will make up for a totally uninspiring groove-lacking tune… and I think that’s something that’s been lost in the mind of us new producers.
Think about that for a second…
Making great music really is all about groove and rhythm not dropping in an exact clone of a sound just because DJ X is putting that out right now. If you don’t have the groove you really have nothing!
Here’s the video mentioned